Blue Marble Ice Cream will be opening a new location at 2578 Broadway, on the corner of 97th Street (thanks to ‘Upper West Sider’ for the tip). It will be taking the space last occupied by Earth Cafe, which closed its doors last year.
We were able to get in touch with Jennie Dundas, co-founder of Blue Marble Ice Cream, who gave us a bit of background info. If the name ‘Jennie Dundas’ sounds familiar, that’s because she’s also a successful actress who’s had roles in The First Wives Club and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, among other movies and TV shows.
Dundas was a big fan of Earth Cafe before it closed. And her mom, who’s turning 80 on March 7, was an even bigger fan. Both were disappointed to see the restaurant close – and sad to see the space sit empty. So after doing her research, the younger Dundas decided to lease the space and fill it with her ice cream!
When we first reached out to the actress-turned-entrepreneur, she wasn’t able to provide us with any info. But when she called us this morning, she explained that she was keeping it under wraps so that it could be a surprise for her mom’s 80th birthday!
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the older Dundas has been quarantining in Massachusetts, and she’ll be visiting the city to celebrate her birthday next month. While Jennie is aiming to open the new shop by mid-March (assuming everything goes perfectly), she’s also hoping she’ll have made enough progress by March 7 to show her mom something tangible.
So if you’re reading this and happen to know mother Dundas, try not to share this article with her …
Blue Marble Ice Cream was founded in 2007 with organic ingredients and sustainable business practices at the core of its mission. The company’s Facebook description states that “[They] do not use antibiotics, artificial ingredients or corn syrup, [and] are also certified Kosher, GMO free and use the finest ingredients to create super premium products for you all.”
Its flagship location and production facility are both in Brooklyn, and the ice cream can be found at lots of restaurants throughout the city, and in pints at retailers throughout the tristate area. They also ship nationwide.
Blue Marble’s website lists soft-serve ice cream, milkshakes, 14 ounce pints including Salt-Kissed Caramel and Banana Cream Pie, and vegan pints including its Brooklyn Black & White Cookie and Bread and Rose (“gentle rose with vanilla shortbread cookies).”
We’re excited to soon welcome Blue Marble Ice Cream to the Upper West Side!Get the Upper West Side newsletter: